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Articles from the March 30, 2023 edition


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  • 'I have to create'

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    Stan Gabelein created stunningly realistic wildlife oil paintings for decades before he began writing at age 78. In less than two years, the Mason County resident wrote and published an autobiography and a novel. He penned the autobiography, "The Outdoorsman: Stories of a Hunting and Fishing Life," in three months. After all, he said, "I had all the information I needed." "A lot of people say they're going to write their stories, but never do," Gabelein said in an interview with the Journal at...

  • Shooting suspect dies

    Matt Baide|Mar 30, 2023

    A 30-year-old Shelton woman suspected in the shooting of her boyfriend was found dead March 18 at the High Steel Bridge in Mason County. According to court documents, the deceased woman is Chantel Dawn Peterson, who was charged with domestic violence assault in the first degree for the Feb. 12 shooting of Elijah Gossett in Shelton. The cause of death was suicide, according to court documents. At the time of her death, Peterson was free on $5,000 bail following her initial arraignment on Feb....

  • City needs more water storage

    Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    The City of Shelton stores a couple million gallons of water in five tanks, but needs more to meet growth. "We don't have adequate storage in our reservoir system," Jay Harris, the city's public works director, told the Shelton City Council at its March 21 meeting. "We're having a problem with new development and new connections." At that meeting, the council voted unanimously to award a $79,985 contract to the firm of BHC Consultants of Tacoma to study the city's water reservoir system and prop...

  • Ralph Norman Cook

    Mar 30, 2023

    Ralph was born in Tillamook, OR to Linza and Margurette Cook on August 23, 1936. The family moved to Matlock when he was six years old. Ralph attended Mary M. Knight School District and graduated in 1954. Ralph eloped to Coeur d'Alene, ID with Deanna Hall, his high school sweetheart in 1955. They recently celebrated 68 years of marriage. Ralph retired in 1984 from Simpson Timber Company after 30 years as Railroad Foreman and then Superintendent. His retirement was busy working with his family on... Full story

  • Recently Passed

    Mar 30, 2023

    William Albert Bezley, 80, a resident of Shelton, passed away March 23, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Judith Arlene Larson, 81, a resident of Shelton, passed away March 26, 2023, at Mason General Hospital. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Oli Perisi Wily, 73, a resident of Shelton, passed away March 24, 2023, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Arrangements are by Forest Funeral Home and Crematory. Glenda Miller, 79, a resident of Shelton, passed away March... Full story

  • Mason Health adopts 'middle-of-the-road' mask policy

    Matt Baide|Mar 30, 2023

    The COVID-19 pandemic began three years ago, and the last remnants of the pandemic era restrictions are set to end next week throughout the state. The mask mandate will end at Mason Health and Mason General Hospital on April 3, as directed by the state Department of Health to end the statewide mask order. Employees who interact with patients will still be required to wear masks while in the facilities, according to Mason Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dean Gushee. “Mason (Health) is taking...

  • Pick a column, any column

    Kirk Ericson|Mar 30, 2023

    Dear readers, I have ideas for columns that haven’t become columns yet, and maybe never will. Those ideas, some of them now nearly 6 years old, nag at me like a pile of gunk in the closet. So, I’ve decided to clean out that closet. The story ideas that follow are getting tossed. It’s spring cleaning for the head. Here’s how you can help. Check out the following stories and pick one that you’d like to see written into a column. Tell me. My email address is at the bottom of the column...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 30, 2023

  • Nonprofit Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    Bazaar Saturday at senior center The Mason County Senior Activities Association hosts a spring bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion Events Center, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton. The event features more than 25 vendors, homemade baked goods by senior center members, and lunch available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The proceeds benefit the senior center. Ride the rail to meet the Easter bunny The Simpson Railroad Easter Bunny Special is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 10138 W. Shelton Matlock Road, 10 miles west of...

  • Hoodsport park on track for Memorial Day weekend

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 30, 2023

    Forest McCullough of Hoodsport-based Northwest Land & Tree recently told the Port of Hoodsport Commission that “snow has put a damper on our progress,” but he still expects work on the Hoodsport trail park to be complete for the port commissioners’ planned opening around Memorial Day weekend. While the early part of March still saw onsite logging work continue, McCullough said work on the parking lot had to be suspended at times while he waited for snow to melt. When Port of Hoodsport...

  • County Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 30, 2023

    Shelton man killed in U.S. 101 collision A 27-year-old Shelton man died in a three-car accident March 22 on U.S. Highway 101. According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Aparicio Mendoza Matias died in the accident. Matias was southbound on U.S. 101 in a 2002 Volkswagen just north of state Route 3. A 2020 Jeep driven by a 60-year-old Shelton woman, was in front of the Shelton man. A third car, a 2004 Audi driven by a 64-year-old Shelton woman, was northbound on U.S. 101. The Volkswagen struck the rear of the Jeep, lost control and...

  • Commission Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 30, 2023

    Proposals sought for homeless grants Mason County Public Health and Human Services announced the request for proposal application for homeless response grants is open for the 2023-2025 grant term. According to a news release, the homeless response grant program includes money from the consolidated homeless grant and the local document recording fees administered by Mason County. Public Health and Human Services is responsible for contracting and compliance activities related to these homeless response money. The money provides resources to...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    Shelton educator earns honor Shelton resident Ellen Shortt Sanchez, director of the Center for Community Based Learning and Action at The Evergreen State College, was selected as the 2023 Continuums of Service Western Region Community Engaged Professional. The award was conferred at the group's regional conference March 14-17 in Honolulu. A Shelton resident since 1990, Shortt was recognized for her commitment to providing leadership on campus to foster civic/community engagement. She also was...

  • Sheriff Potts and the moonshiners

    Jan Parker|Mar 30, 2023

    Washington's ban on the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages became effective in 1916, making the state one of 33 that banned alcohol before the 18th Amendment to the Constitution made it illegal nationwide in 1919. This story is taken from the March 3, 1921, edition of the Mason County Journal. (Prohibition was repealed nationwide in 1933.)...

  • 'John Wick: Chapter 4' best installment yet

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 30, 2023

    All hail "John Wick, the most perfect unplanned action film franchise ever. With every other series of action films whose sequels were propelled more by the previous installments' unexpectedly outsized and enduring popularity than by any premeditated plots their creators might have had in mind, there is always some misstep, however minor, that the series has to either retroactively erase or else compensate for in the later installments. The "Fast & Furious" franchise has made an admirable...

  • Battling the Eagles

    Mar 30, 2023

  • Baseball Roundup

    Mar 30, 2023

    Shelton baseball The Highclimbers lost all three games last week in Evergreen Conference and nonlegue games. Shelton lost a pair of games to defending state champion Tumwater, falling 6-4 in Tumwater on March 21 and dropping a 10-3 contest March 22 in Shelton. The Highclimbers dropped a nonleague game to Aloha, Oregon, on Friday, 11-0. Shelton (1-4, 0-2) faced Aberdeen in a home and home series Tuesday in Aberdeen and Wednesday in Shelton before spring break. North Mason baseball North Mason...

  • Prep Roundup

    Compiled by reporter Matt Baide|Mar 30, 2023

    Shelton track The Shelton boys and girls each won an Evergreen Conference track meet on March 21 in Centralia to open the track season. Miller won the 1,600-meter race in 4:34.7. Huisingh won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches and Steven Gee won the pole vault at a heigh of 7 feet. Nathan Gomez placed second in the 200-meter race and long jump, Gabriel Menefee finished second in the 400-meter race, Anthony Warren-Keyzers placed second in the shot put and discus and Scott Jordan finished second in the triple jump. The 4x100 relay...

  • Preparing for camping season

    Mar 30, 2023

  • Another port commissioner joins broadband team

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 30, 2023

    Port of Grapeview Commissioner Jean Farmer, citing her “long history of interest in broadband” for rural communities, will join Port of Allyn Commissioner Ted Jackson on the task force charged with expanding broadband in Mason County. “As a port commissioner and a business owner, I personally saw the lack of connection for many of us,” Farmer told the Herald. “I hope all of us coming together will have a positive impact on our communities.” As with Jackson, Farmer was invited by Dan...

  • Mary and Sam have a busy time up north

    Clydene Hostetler|Mar 30, 2023

    You get the idea that Mary is getting tired of the rain and cold? I know I am! March is always the time we are all getting fed up with winter in the Northwest....

  • North Mason Briefs

    Compiled by Matt Baide and Gordon Weeks|Mar 30, 2023

    Snow day extends district school year To meet state requirements of 180 school days, the North Mason School District has added one snow day to extend the school year. Students in the district will attend a full day school day on Friday, June 16. Monday, June 19 is the Juneteenth holiday and there is no school. June 20 is a half day of class, and the last day of the school year. The district states reminders will be sent to parents and guardians. Celebration of Life Saturday for Clarke-Look A memorial and a celebration of life for Sheri Lynn...